Sunday, October 4, 2009

Glitter Gourds

This is a wonderful little crafty project I came up with for my daughter for the Harvest season. It doesn't require much skill or craft knowledge just be sure to supervise! You can use decorative pumpkin gourds or other decorative gourds both of which can be found at your grocery store. The sparkles I used have a beautiful sugar glitter shimmer to them and comes in a variety of colors. It can be found at DeSerres along with the Mod Podge both of which are by PLAID and are non-toxic. You can also pick up your sponge brush at DeSerres as well. The completed product is for indoor use and makes a beautiful center piece at the dinning table where the whole family can admire your child's work. To make this project you'll need...

Matte Mod Podge
Extreme Glitter
sponge brushes
rubbing alcohol
cloth rag

Prepare the gourds for your child ahead of time, making sure to keep the rubbing alcohol out of reach.
1- wipe gourds with rag and rubbing alcohol to remove the wax
2- use sponge brush to apply a thin coat of Mod Podge and let dry. Clean the sponge brush with mild soap and water. Squeeze excess water out and set brush aside to dry.
3- Cover table with news paper, grab a bib or adults old tee shirt to put over-top your child's clothing while he/she paints. Pour a small amount of Extreme Glitter onto a paper plate for your child to dip the sponge brush in.
4- Now your child can sponge the glitter onto his/her gourd. Once your child has completed applying the glitter set gourd aside and let dry.
5- Clean up with mild soap and warm water.

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